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Two Films by Werner Herzog

Saturday, October 13, 1979
6:10 p.m.
9:30 p.m.
Land of Silence and Darkness
Werner Herzog (West Germany,1971)

There is little in film history to compare with this transcending documentary which takes as its subject the examination of the situation of those who live without sight and hearing, who live in the Land of Silence and Darkness. Some who live in this land have learned to speak, though they communicate with each other by touch language; what they say comes from the most profound depths of human experience, and is often startlingly beautiful and exalting. This is not a depressing movie at all. Neither is it a movie for voyeurs of the grotesque. As Anitra Earle writes, “It is, rather, a testament from another plane of existence.”

• Directed by Werner Herzog. Photographed by Jorg Schmidt-Reitwein. With Fini Straubinger. (1971, 88 mins, color, English titles, Print from New Yorker Films)